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Green Energy Solutions (GES) Madagascar, the joint venture between the pan-African conglomerate Axian Group and renewable energy firm GreenYellow, has announced the commissioning of a 1 MWp solar photovoltaic plant in Vohémar in the Sava region.
Andry Rajoelina, the President of Madagascar went to Vohémar for the inauguration of the solar PV plant. The new installation, connected to the state-owned electric utility and water services company JIRAMA’s grid, will be hybridized with a thermal generator.
Christian Cachat, Head of Business Development at Axian Group, said, the solar PV plant will be coupled with a thermal capacity of 1.6 MW in order to meet the energy needs of the town of Vohémar, which has a population of over 260,000. According to the project developer, the hybrid solar plant will help in boosting the local economy.
The power plant is built as part of a project to set up hybrid solar power plants in three locations. After Vohémar, two hybrid installations will be constructed in the cities of Antalaha and Sambava, both located in the Sava region. This project is being implemented by GES in partnership with JIRAMA.
The commissioning of the Vohémar solar power plant adds to the GES’s portfolio in Madagascar. The company also provides solar energy solutions for mining companies, including French group Bouygues’ subsidiary, Colas Madagascar, which operates the Ambokatra quarry. Since May last year, this quarry near the capital Antananarivo has been powered by a 148 kWp solar plant.